EATING IN THE RAINFOREST (CAFÉ, THAT IS)

EATING IN THE RAINFOREST (CAFÉ, THAT IS)

The first time I visited a Rainforest Café was in 3rd grade during a field trip to the local science center. I’m sure the restaurant staff was happy to see a group of 60 highly energetic eight-year-olds walk in to eat. With the extensive rainforest décor, moving animals, and simulated “thunderstorm” where the lights would dim in and out and the animals would “freak out,” it was probably the coolest restaurant that I had eaten at up to that point as an eight-year-old kid. There was, however, a very significant food discovery that I made that day: the magic of waffle fries. Continue reading

DINOSAUR BAR-B-QUE

DINOSAUR BAR-B-QUE

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que certainly dishes up some great tasting food in a rather interesting restaurant atmosphere. I think the key to a lot of it is the barbecue sauce they use to cook and how it really seems to tie everything together really nicely. It’s a plate of food like what I had there that makes me wish there was a closer location to southern Maryland. Continue reading

BOCCE CLUB PIZZA

BOCCE CLUB PIZZA

I’d like to think that I’ve gained a little bit of a pizza IQ after sampling a variety of pizza styles over the years. New York thin crust, Chicago deep dish, Pizza Hut stuffed crust (yes, Pizza Hut was where I first experienced the magic of stuffed crust), I really do like my pizza. I was talking to my friend Gary about my roadtrip up to the Buffalo area, and he recommended a pizza place called Bocce Club Pizza that served a style of pizza exclusive to the Buffalo area. Continue reading

HUSH RESTAURANT

HUSH RESTAURANT

I’ll have to admit that HUSH was a pleasant surprise, given that we wandered in and didn’t read any reviews about the place beforehand. The food, both quality and selection, were good, the service was great, and the atmosphere seemed really nice for a place to enjoy drinks or a meal after work. There were even stairs up to a rooftop bar near our table, but we didn’t get a chance to take a look. I could only imagine the rooftop bar would be a nice place to hang out on a cool evening. Continue reading

PAULA’S DONUTS

PAULA’S DONUTS

Paula’s certainly appears to be a staple in the Buffalo community, with the line going out the door not too long after we arrived. It’s easy to see why the residents like the shop so much: the food tastes great, the service is quick, and the staff seem friendly as well. Although I’m not sure when’s the next time I’ll be in the Buffalo area, Paula’s Donuts will certainly be on my list of stops when I do. Continue reading